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President of PSEG Agrees to Bury Offending Power Lines Only if Residents Shoulder Costs

Little pole, big pole intersection 114 & Buell Ln. in East Hampton
Little pole, big pole intersection 114 & Buell Ln. in East Hampton
Concerned residents and homeowners continue to advocate for the burial of high-voltage power lines that are currently being installed at lightning speed throughout the eastern half of East Hampton Village and as far east as Old Stone Highway in Springs.

PSEG LI President and CEO David Daly maintains the more than six miles of high-voltage transmission lines are necessary to safely increase voltage transmission and withstand high winds--such as those that battered the East End during Hurricane Sandy. 

Residents contend the energy transformers are aesthetically and environmentally detrimental to property values and quality of life in the communities they impact. 

Elected officials, Representative Tim Bishop, Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenback all expressed hope a cost-sharing scenario such as was cobbled together to foot the cost of burying power lines along Scuttlehole Road in the Town of Southampton might provide a template for a solution to the enormous cost (estimated at up to $30 Million) to taxpayers.

For a full accounting of the various cost-sharing plans, concerns and compromises set out by various elected officials and residents see Joanne Pilgrim's in-depth report in this week's edition of The East Hampton Star http://easthamptonstar.com/News/2014320/PSEG-Look-Again
richard janis March 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM
CU-you remind me of the Wizard in the classic film "The Wizard of Oz". You make a great deal of noise standing behind the curtain and what would we find if someone pulled back the curtain and exposed you? If you haven't noticed since the Governor appointed PSEGLI to take over the service on the LIPA grid that your rates have gone up and will continue to go up as they upgrade the system island wide. When LIPA attempted to do this same overhead work in Southampton they were stopped dead in their tracks and reached an amicable settlement with the rate payers and BURIED the wires at a minimal cost per month per customer. The difference here is that PSEGLI didn't layout the poles in advance and came full bore into East Hampton and set these 60'+ poles at a break neck pace six days a week that had heads spinning. Hard working people along the route left for work one morning and came back home that evening to see these monster poles set and life long trees reduced to 10' stumps! Your gripe shouldn't be with the community members that are trying to get this work at the least environmental, health, and visual impact. All PSEGLI customers should be writing the governor and asking him why his self appointed private utility is raising your rates every month and performing this system work with total disregard for the communities in which they are working.
Rebecca Singer March 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM
It is also interesting to note that the people of Southampton were assessed an average fee of $30 per year for going underground. THAT IS AN AVERAGE OF $30 PER YEAR. The health, safety and well being of my family, my home, my town is worth that to me.
Conservative Underground March 25, 2014 at 06:32 AM
24 hours later and that idiot Foster still can point out the 19 "misstatements" that were made. Yes RJ, rates have gone up so why in the world would I want them to go up again by $30 million to redo a project that is almost done and already paid for. No vote, no dig.
Jeff Williams March 25, 2014 at 08:31 AM
This project is shortsighted - in the long run burying the wires costs less than building/maintaining the skyscraper/pole infrastructure.
richard janis March 25, 2014 at 09:12 AM
A long term maintenance home run and most important the SAFEST method. When a "hot" wire falls there is immediate danger to the closest residents, their families, neighbors, and their homes. NOWHERE has there been mentioned the safety of the volunteer firemen and first responders who arrive on the scene long before the utility arrives who are the only authorized personnel who can de-energize these live wires! Let's take it one more step, many of the streets along this 33kv run have street gas-look what happened in Breezy Point after Super Storm Sandy!! BURY THE LINES!!!

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